The Gulf oil crisis is, indeed, a disaster of great proportion. But where does it fit within a scale of U.S. environmental disasters?
This story attempts to put it in perspective. It’s worth a read by all Complete Las Vegans, especially those of us who like to rank things. Top five environmental disasters ever? Worst U.S. disaster? (Hint: the Dust Bowl.)
Anyway, I’ll refrain from making any commentary on how much worse these other disasters might have been had Obama been in charge of the federal government at the time. That’s a topic akin to whether Babe Ruth could hit modern-day pitching. Suffice to say that the people who would absolutely know at least part of the answer — Louisiana residents who suffered Katrina under Bush and the Gulf oil spill under Obama — say Bush handled Katrina better than Obama’s handling the Gulf oil spill.
Obama people hate it when that is pointed out. But, you know, the truth is relentless in its desire to be known. PR photo-ops and empty speeches from the Oval Office aside can divert attention to reality for only so long and that reality is simple — Obama is not "The One." In fact, if we’re limiting the list to presidents, he’s not even in the top 40.